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July 29, 2020

Shaheen, Senators Push for Support of School Meal Programs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Senators Are Also Calling for Additional Support to Help Schools Deliver Meals to Low-Income Students (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and a group of Senators to urge the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue critical flexibilities that have allowed students to access much-needed meals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. If extended throughout the 2020-2021 school year, children would maintain… Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $885K in Federal Grant Funding to Support NH Firefighters

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $885,995.67 in federal funding to support Granite State firefighters around the state. Through the agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the following cities and towns received grants:… Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Shaheen Announces Support for Legislation to Expand Funding for Students with Disabilities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

(Washington, DC) -As the U.S. Senate prepares for a debate on additional COVID-19 relief, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced her support for legislation to increase funding for students with disabilities. The Supporting Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act appropriates $11 billion for state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), $1.2 billion for early childhood education programs, $55 million under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, and requir… Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Shaheen, Bennet and Stabenow Lead Call to Senate Leadership to Prioritize Improvements to Medicare Payments Program & Provide Financial Relief for Health Care Providers in Future COVID-19 Response Legislation

Shaheen's Push Follows her Legislation to Address Concerns in Medicare Payments Program & Provide Financial Relief for Health Care Providers on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a group of Senators last week, including Senator Hassan (D-NH), in a letter to Senate and House leadership, calling for future COVID-19 response legislation to include modifications to repayment obligations … Continue Reading


July 25, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Help Introduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 46 other Senators, led by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), in introducing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The bipartisan bill would restore the landmark Voting Rights Act, end the scourge of minority voter suppression and help preserve the legacy of John Lewis - one of America's greatest civil rights heroes. The legislation was originally introduced last year as the Voti… Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Shaheen Participates in Lydall Performance Materials Groundbreaking Expansion to Accommodate New Lines to Ramp Up PPE Material Production

**Senator Shaheen was Instrumental in Helping Lydall Secure a $13.5M Defense Contract to Increase N95 Material Mask Production** **Earlier, Shaheen Meets with Senior UNH Administrators for Briefing on Campus Re-Opening, Discusses Future COVID-19 Legislative Relief Priorities** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, delivered remarks and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Lydall Performance Materials' expansion… Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Shaheen-Rounds Introduce New Legislation to Invest in PFAS Health Impact and Best Practices Education for Physicians

*Bipartisan Legislation follows Shaheen's Call to the CDC to Develop Health Monitoring Protocols for Medical Care for those Exposed to PFAS** *Shaheen & Rounds Previously Partnered on Legislation to Assist Veterans & Service Members Exposed to PFAS Contaminants** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced new, bipartisan legislation this week that would promote the creation of educational courses for physicians regarding the health impacts … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Shaheen Successfully Amends Annual Defense Bill to Include NH and National Security Priorities

**Legislation contains priorities Shaheen supported in underlying bill, including 3 percent pay increase for service members, authorization of $160 million for Multi-Mission Dry Dock project at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard & procurement of 15 KC-46 refueling tankers** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, successfully secured and supported a number of priorities that address both local needs in New Hampshire and critical … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Shaheen, Murkowski Introduce New Legislation to Waive Provision in Law Preventing Smaller States from Accessing Necessary Financial Support for Community Services

**Shaheen, Murkowski Previously Led Colleagues in Letter Urging a Fix for Provision Blocking NH and Other States from Receiving Further Relief to Help Address Economic Impacts of COVID-19** **As a Result of the "Maximum Allotment" Provision, $43.5 Million in Urgently Needed Federal Funding is being withheld from Impacted States** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation that would address the "maximum allotment" provision th… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Shaheen Statement Following 'Beatles' Admission of Involvement in Captivity of Kayla Mueller

SHAHEEN: "These Terrorists Deserve Swift Justice in the United States" **Senator Shaheen continues to work closely with the families of Americans killed by ISIS and federal officials to make sure these ISIS terrorists are brought to trial in the United States** (Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen issued the following statement after a report that the two members of the British jihadist group known as "the Beatles" admitted in an on-camera interview to having a role in the captivity of… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Shaheen & Group of Senators Call on Trump Administration to Help Secure Access to PPE to Conduct November Election Safely During Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - This week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of Senators, led by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), to Vice President Mike Pence and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging them to take immediate action to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies for election and poll workers-and voters-ahead of the November 2020 election. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Cont… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

New Hampshire Delegation Reiterates Concerns to VA Over Policy that Prevents Veterans From Accessing Care to Address Chronic Pain

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), joined by U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas, reiterated concerns over a change in policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that limits veterans' ability to access non-drug related therapies, such as muscle massage services and acupuncture, which can help veterans experiencing chronic pain. "A 2014 study by the National Institutes of Health found that more than half of all U.S. veterans sur… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Following Conference Call with NH Housing Advocates & Officials, Shaheen Raises CARES Act Implementation and Guidance Concerns with HUD Secretary

**Shaheen's letter comes in response to concerns she heard from New Hampshire housing officials and advocates earlier this month.** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter this week to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), requesting that it address a number of concerns related to the supplemental Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-CV) appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Congress included a su… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

House Sends Bill Backed by Shaheen & Hassan to Permanently Fund LWCF, Address Maintenance Backlog on NH Public Lands to President’s Desk

**This bipartisan legislation would help address more than $43 million maintenance backlog in New Hampshire, including the White Mountain National Forest and Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge** **The bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Shaheen & Hassan cleared the Senate last month** (Washington, DC)- Today, the House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation that previously passed the Senate and is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Shaheen, Pappas Introduce Bill to Expand Eligibility for State Veterans Cemeteries to Additional Guard & Reserve Members

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) have introduced legislation that expands eligibility for state veterans cemeteries to allow for the interring of many Guard members and Reservists who are currently excluded from burial at these cemeteries. Under current law, in order to receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) grant money for improvements, state veteran cemeteries are barred from interring many National Guard members and Reservists due… Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Shaheen Boosts Funding for PFAS Health Impact Study to $15M in FY21 NDAA, Highest Funding Level Ever to Continue Study She Established

Shaheen Established First-Ever PFAS Health Impact Study in FY18 NDAA (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, successfully added her amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2021 to boost funding for the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) health impact study, which she helped establish in the FY18 NDAA. The annual legislation authorizes national defense objectives for the fiscal … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

As Shipyard Resumes Full-Scale Operations, Shaheen Leads NH & ME Delegations in Letter to Navy Secretary to Ensure Safety of Workers

(Washington, DC) - As the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard resumes full-scale operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) - a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee - led the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegations in a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite inquiring what steps and protocols are in place to safeguard the health and safety of the Shipyard workforce as it returns to full strength. The letter was also signed by U.S. Senator… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $26 Million in CARES Act Relief to NH Health Care Providers with Significant COVID-19 Caseloads

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that $26,150,000 will be awarded to New Hampshire health care providers affected by substantial costs of COVID-19 caseloads, including in particular Manchester hospitals that have treated a significant share of the state's COVID-19 cases. The funding was awarded by th… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

In Response to a Rise in Drug Overdoses in NH, Congressional Delegation Calls for Additional Funding for Substance Use Disorder Services in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), joined by U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), called for additional funding for substance use disorder services in the next COVID-19 relief package as recent preliminary data suggests an increase in overdose deaths in New Hampshire. The Congressional Delegation's letter follows a virtual roundtable discussion that Senator Hassan held recently with substance use disorder and behavioral h… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Colleagues Press Trump Administration To Reverse Move Undermining COVID-19 Hospital Data Collection and Reporting

Senators: "The American people deserve to know the true scope of the pandemic, and that can only happen if public health experts lead in collecting and reporting data accurately and transparently." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and 44 of their Democratic Senate colleagues today wrote to Vice President Mike Pence, and Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, urging the Trump administration to reverse recent changes requiring hospitals to repor… Continue Reading

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